Psalm 4:4- When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds and be silent.
Peace can be lost quickly in my mind. I start pondering a conversation and cringing at words I said that I wish I could take back. Everything is peaceful and then out of nowhere, words of anger escape my lips. Sometimes I feel like a volcano exploding, but I am not even sure how the pressure built up.
I do know, however, that when I am seeking to abide in Christ throughout the day- I am more aware of where my mind settles- and many times the thoughts I entertain greatly influence my attitude and how I approach difficult/challenging situations that arise.
Steadfast means steady – firm – stable – constant.
One of the verses I look at each morning is Isaiah 26:3– Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace; in peace because they trust in you.
I long for unwavering peace to rest upon me- peace that is rooted in trust in the Lord- not to be shaken by any of the storms life sends.
In J.I. Packer’s book, Rediscovering Holiness, he talks practically about how those in Christ respond to challenging situations. He breaks it down like this:
- Love as the Christ-like reaction to people’s malice
- Joy as the Christ-like reaction to depressing circumstances
- Peace as the Christ-like reaction to troubles, threats, and invitations to anxiety
- Patience as the Christ-like reaction to all that is maddening
- Kindness as the Christ-like reaction to all who are unkind
- Goodness as the Christ-like reaction to all bad people and bad behavior
- Faithfulness and Gentleness as the Christ-like reaction to lies and fury
- Self-control as the Christ-like reaction to every situation that goads you to lose your cool and hit out.
The fruits of the spirit.
Reactions totally against the desires of our flesh- in the heat of the moment…
Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace.
In those moments when the pull of our flesh is so strong- I pray that we will cling to God and cry out for his help- to react in ways that please him and bring glory to his Name.
That we will rebuke any thoughts that combat the truth of God- and fill our minds with His Word.
Psalms 57:7- My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
Lord my God, I come to you with a heart longing to please you. I feel the war with my flesh- how it wills me to act in ways against your law. It grieves me to see how I lack fruits of your spirit in my life. Come Lord Jesus, I long to abide in you. Teach me, as I willingly accept your yoke and discipline. Show me the way I should go- guide my steps. Bring your peace to my heart and mind- as I seek to trust you today. With all the questions, with all the failures, with all my fears-take it all Lord. I lay it at your feet. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. I hold onto that promise- that you enable me to rise above this sinful state and live in a way that pleases you. Through your strength and enabling, all for your glory. Thank you Jesus. Amen.